AlthoughdatavirtualizationcombinessomeofthemostfavoredtechnologyapproachesofthedayemployingAPIsandmetadatatocreateadataintegrationlayerthatoftenworkswithoutactuallymovingdataaroundithas,forthemostpart,remainedontheperipheryofthebigdatamovement。

Thatmaychangeasdatatypesexpand,andusersseekaunifiedviewofthatdata。

Datavirtualization,accordingtoChuckDeVries,enabledaunifiedviewofparticipantsatVizient,basedinIrving,Texas,amember-ownedcompanyprovidingsupplychainmanagementservicestothehealthcareindustry。

Inourbusiness,everythingisaboutmembersandwhataccesstheyhave。

Tohavealltheinformationavailableinoneplacewasreallyvaluableforus,DeVries,vicepresidentforarchitectureanddevelopmentatVizient,said。

Difficultyarisesbecausevariousmemberscreatedatainvariousways,DeVriessaid。

ThecompanyusesadatavirtualizationplatformfromDenodoTechnologiestointegratethesediversedatasets。

AfirstusecaseinvolvedintegrationforaunifiedviewofmultipleSalesforcesystemsonesthatotherwisewouldappearassilos。

Forfutureprojects,DeVriesplanstouseDenodoalongwithHadoopdatasources。

Third-generationdatavirtualization

Denodo,basedinPaloAlto,Calif。

alongwithCompositeSoftware(nowpartofCisco),hasbeensomethingofadatavirtualizationpioneer。

Datavirtualizationplatformsarealsoavailable,oftenaspartoflargerofferings,fromIBM,Informatica,Oracle,Redhat,SAPandothers。

Anumberofdifferenttechnologiesconvergedenterprisemashupsanddatafederationamongthemtoformdatavirtualization,accordingtoMeiSelvage,aGartnerresearchdirector。

ShedescribedtheDenodoplatformfordatavirtualizationasathird-generationintegrationtechnology,basedonitssupportforHadoopdataintegrationandWebAPIs。

Datavirtualizationhasparticularvalue,accordingtoSelvage,becauseitdecouplesthedataconsumerfromthedataprovider。

Ineffect,youcreateausefuldatagovernancefabric,becausethetoolsalsoprovideashareddataaccesslayerontopofthedatavirtualizationlayer。

Thedatabecomesmoreliberated,shesaid。

Onthedataliberationfront

ForVizientsDeVries,successfuldatavirtualizationprovidesaframeworkfordataliberation。

Suchunencumberingofdataisbecomingessentialinhealthcare。

Toserviceawiderangeofneeds,webringinformationfromallkindsofsources,andyouneedtopullthesourcestogetherinacohesiveway,hesaid。

Conceptually,thatmeansestablishingtherightlayersofabstraction,soyoucangetasolidview。

Thathastobedoneinsuchawaythatyoudontneedtoproscribeasingleinterfaceforusers。

SoftwarelikeDenodoshelpsITtobeagileandadaptive,hesuggested。

DeVriesdescribedtheSalesForceintegrationenabledbydatavirtualizationasafirststepone,headmitted,thatisnottooterriblysexy。

GreateruseofHadooptohandleawidervarietyofincominghealthdatawillprovidefurtherinstancesfordatavirtualization,hesaid。

Inaway,workinginmeasuredstepstowardsuchanimplementationispartofDeVriesoverallphilosophyofdevelopment。

Youhavetohaveanarchitecturalviewforversion2。

0justasmuchasfor1。

0ofyoursystem,DeVriessaid。

Moreover,headded,itisimportanttogetsomethinginfrontofpeoplethattheycanuse。

Itismoreimportantthanperfection。

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Denodorecentlyreleasedaversionofitsflagshipsoftwarethatemploysadynamicqueryoptimizerthatimprovesperformancebyautomaticallychoosingfullaggregationpush-down,partialaggregationpush-downoron-the-flydatamovementbasedonthecharacteristicsofthebigdatasources。

AccordingtoRaviShankar,Denodoschiefmarketingofficer,DenodoPlatform6。

0alsoaddssupportfornewdatasourcesthatincludeAmazonRedshift,HewlettPackardEnterpriseVertica,ClouderaImpalaandApacheSpark。

ShankarsaidtheplatformnowprovidesaWeb-baseduserinterfacewithsearchcapabilitiesforbothdataandmetadata。

ManagementofmetadatahasbeencitedinaGartnersurveyasarelativeweaknessforDenodosplatformimprovedsearchabilitycanbeseenasanefforttoclosethisgap。

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